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  • 1. Katie Meth Ed 356 Week Long Lesson Plan- Weather Monday: • Objective: Students will discuss and illustrate their favorite type of weather. • Literature: o “Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today” (Dr. Seuss) By Tish Rabe and Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz o “Hello , Sun!” by Dayle Ann Dodds and pictures by Sachiko Yoshikawa • Standards Used: o Science: K.2.2- Draw pictures and write words to describe objects and experiences. o Language Arts: K.1.22 Listen to stories read aloud and use the vocabulary in those stories in oral language. o Visual Arts: K.6.2- Create art that expresses personal ideas, interests, and feelings. o Social Studies: K.3.5- Describe and give examples of seasonal weather changes and illustrate how weather affects people and the environment. • Activity: The topic of weather will be introduced today. Children will be asked to discuss their favorite type of weather with each other (Gardner: Interpersonal). We will then read the first book listed above and pay special attention to the pictures. After the book we will discuss what the students like to do in their favorite weather (Process Skill: Communication) (Gardner: Naturalist). We will list and count all the different favorite types of weather of the students. Students will also be asked to describe what kinds of clothes they wear during their favorite type of weather (Process Skill: Classification) (Bloom: Analysis). We will then read the second book because it deals with all types of weather and what clothes are appropriate for different kinds of weather. After the discussion students will be asked to create a drawing of what they like to do in their favorite weather and what kinds of clothes they normally wear. (Gardner: Spatial) (Gardner: Intrapersonal) (Bloom: Application). Students will then present their drawing to the class using the vocabulary they learned from the story (Gardner: Verbal- Linguistic). The pictures will be collected and comments will be given on each student’s paper (Bloom: Evaluation). (Assessment #1) Tuesday: • Objective: Students will learn about snow and snowflakes. Students will play a matching game involving numbers and snowflake patterns.
  • 2. • Literature: o “Snow” By Marion Dane Bauer and Illustrated by John Wallace o “Snowflakes” By Martha E. H. Rustad, Gail Saunders-Smith, PhD, Consulting Editor • Standards Used: o Math: K.1.1- Match sets of objects • Activity: o Today we are going to be talking about snow. If snow has recently fallen ask students what they like and/or dislike about snow. Also, ask students what they wear when it snows outside. Read the above books and answer any questions the students have about snow and snowflakes. Now have the students complete the matching game described below (Gardner: Mathematical). o Cut out 10 different types of snowflakes (2 of each type). Take one set and put the number 1 on it and draw one circle on the match. Take the second like pattern and write the number 2 on one snowflake and draw two circles on the other and so on, until you have done that for all 10 snowflake patterns. Students will match the snowflake with the number and correct number of circles on it (Bloom: Comprehension).  Idea taken from: http://preschoolrainbow.org/preschool-winter.htm o Before class is over have the students predict what the weather will be like tomorrow. Write down their predictions. (Process Skill: Predicting) o Technology- Build your own Snowman- Use the website to create a snowman. Students get to pick its hat, scarf, eyes, nose, and mouth. (http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/christmas/snowman/snowman.htm) Wednesday: • Objective: Students will use math to match the correct number of rain drops to each numbered umbrella. • Literature: o “A Rainy Day” By Lola M. Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith, PhD, Consulting Editor o “Splish! Splash!” By Josepha Sherman and Illustrated by Jeff Yesh • Standards Used: o Math: K.1.6- Count, recognize, represent, name, and order a number of objects o Science: K.2.1- Use whole numbers, up to 10, in counting, identifying, sorting, and describing objects and experiences. • Activity: o Open the class today by having the students observe what the weather is like today (Process Skill: Observing). Use the chart where you recorded their
  • 3. predictions yesterday. Check to see who was right and ask them why they predicted that certain type of weather (Process Skill: Inferring). o Today we will be talking about rain. Both books will be read to the students. o Next, we are going to practice our measuring skills. The teacher will bring in a container of “rain” and help the students measure the water. (Process Skill: Measuring) o Students will be paired up to work on this activity. They will be given a packet containing numbered umbrellas and lots of rain drops. Students will work together to count out the correct number of rain drops that corresponds to the number on the umbrella. Students will be asked to describe how they worked together to put the right number of rain drops with each umbrella (Bloom: Knowledge)  Idea found at: http:// stepbystepcc.com/rain5.html Thursday: • Objective: Students will learn a song about wind. • Literature: o “A Windy Day” By Lola M. Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith, PhD, Consulting Editor o “Wind” By Marion Dane Bauer and Illustrated by John Wallace • Standard Used: o Music: K.1.4- Sing short memorized songs, maintaining a steady beat. • Activity: o Today we will be learning about wind. Both books will read to the students. Students will learn the below song by repeating each verse after the teacher. Students will be able to blow both soft and hard during the song. (Gardner: Musical). Students will be allowed to move “like the wind” while singing the song (Gardner: Bodily-Kinesthetic) (Bloom: Synthesis) After learning the song have the children count the number of times the word “wind” appears in the song. o Song: (http://www.preschooleducation.com/sweather.shtml) The Sounds of the Wind Sung to: "The Farmer In The Dell" The wind blows very soft - oooo The wind blows very hard - OOOO I like to hear it when It whistles and it sings. The wind blows very soft - oooo The wind blows very hard - OOOO I like to hear it when It makes the wind chimes ring.
  • 4. Friday: • Objective: Students will learn about how the sun affects humans and the environment. • Literature: o “Sunny Weather Days” By Pan Rosenberg o “Who Likes the Sun?” By Etta Kaner and Illustrated by Marie Lafrance • Standard Used: o Social Studies: K.3.5- Describe and give examples of seasonal weather changes and illustrate how weather affects people and the environment. • Activity: o Before today’s activity ask children the following questions and record their answers. Have the students count the number of questions before you start.  How does the sun warm us up?  How do sunglasses work?  Why do we have shadows?  How are grapes made?  Why does water sparkle?  How are rainbows made?  Why does the sun turn red?  Where does the sun go at night? o After each question has been discussed read the second book listed. It will answer these questions and more! After the book is finished have a discussion about what the children thought and answer was and how it really works. Ask questions to show comprehension. o Next read the first book listed. Talk about how the books were alike and different. Ask the children what clothes they were in sunny weather. o Students will be given worksheet to finish in class that involves tracing and writing sentences about the weather. (Assessment #2)  Worksheet taken from: http://www.eslkidslab.com/worksheets/set2/weatherworksheets/we ather%20writing.pdf